Ka’anapali Golf Courses to Host Inaugural ‘Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational’ November 7-9
Golfers Head to Hawaii for Resort’s First College Tournament
(LAHAINA, HI) – Ka’anapali Golf Courses – managed by Billy Casper Golf – will host the 2014 “Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational,” the first-ever collegiate event for the critically acclaimed resort, on November 7-9. Fourteen universities from across America will compete in the 54-hole, individual and team event played on the Royal Ka’anapali Course.
Competing universities include: Hawaii-Manoa (host university), Georgia, Oregon, Gonzaga, North Florida, Bowling Green, California-Irvine, California State Northridge, Clemson, Kansas, Loyola Marymount, North Carolina Wilmington, Samford and Utah Valley State.
“We are excited to bring this event to Ka’anapali Beach Resort,” says Ed Kageyama, General Manager of Ka’anapali Golf Courses. “This strong field will provide amazing competition and allow our local junior golfers to see college golf in action, inspiring them to develop their games for the next level.”
Ka’anapali will also host a College-Am fundraising tournament on Thursday, November 6 to benefit the University of Hawaii Golf Team. Maui residents and visitors alike can play with current college athletes and future PGA Tour members. Interested parties should contact Sutee Nitakorn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ka’anapali Golf Courses
Opened in 1962 and designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Course’s wide fairways and undulating greens make it both distinctive and demanding. It hosted the Champions Tour Ka’anapali Classic for 14 years, Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the Canada Cup and LPGA Kemper Open, welcoming Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jan Stephenson, Betsy King and other legends.
Complementing the Royal Course is the modernized Kai Course which hosted Golf Channel’s “Big Break Ka’anapali.” The 6,400-yard, par-70 layout boasts an array of strategically placed bunkers, contoured fairways and resurfaced greens.
Ka’anapali Golf Courses has invested over $13 million in renovations and infrastructure. Golf course architect Robin Nelson was brought in to oversee the rework of the Kai Course and enhancements to the championship Royal Course. Ka’anapali recently celebrated 50 years of championship golf (1962-2012) and was host of the Champions Tour Skin Game January 2008-2011.